Announcing the winners of the 2017 Young Writers Contest!

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories and poems to the 2017 KET Young Writers Contest! Each spring, the KET Young Writers Contest encourages children to submit stories for a statewide competition. The 2017 Young Writers Contest has expanded to include three categories into which students may enter: illustrated stories, grades K-5; short stories, grades 4-5; and poetry, grades 6-8.

We are excited to congratulate the following winners and proud to publish their entries for your enjoyment. Congratulations!

ILLUSTRATED STORY

Kindergarten

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1st Place: Ibraheem Gauhar; Louisville, KY
Smash Blast

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2nd Place: Jack Reinecke; Cold Spring, KY
The House Book

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3rd Place: Ryan Maya; Louisville, KY
Griff the Ostrich

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1st Grade

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1st Place: Huda Hasnain; Goshen, KY
Huda’s Adventure To The Red Woods

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2nd Place: Mustafa Sattaur; Louisville, KY
The Reading Tiger

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3rd Place: Lexie Smith; Drakesboro, KY
Let’s Work Together

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2nd Grade

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1st Place: Zaineb Elmerse; Louisville, KY
The First Dinosaur Firefighter

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2nd Place: Ayat Amrozia; Crestwood, KY
Courage

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The Story of How I Met Kailash Satyrathi thumbnail

3rd Place: Rosie Katz; Lexington, KY
The Story of How I Met Kailash Satyarthi

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3rd Grade

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1st Place: Hala Saleh; Louisville, KY
The Syrian Girl

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2nd Place: Lucy Donohue; Louisville, KY
Do Frogs Like Cupcakes

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3rd Place: Nethra Gopalakrishnan; Middleton, WI
Is Change GOOD?

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SHORT STORY

4th Grade

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1st Place: Abby Gentner; Louisville, KY
The Puppy

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2nd Place: Viviana Amorim; Bowling Green, KY
How Wolf Earned His Howl

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3rd Place: Fatima Hashmi; Louisville, KY
Cubecraftia’s Duel

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5th Grade

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1st Place: Kamryn Hahn; Danville, KY
Lost Girl

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2nd Place: Kristin Novak; Willisburg, KY
The Pumpkin Seed Tale

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3rd Place: Brady Hargett; Brooksville, KY
Best Day Ever

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POETRY

6th Grade

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1st Place: Katelynn Neace; Wurtland, KY
Where I’m From

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2nd Place: Ethan Huff; Wurtland, KY
Where I’m From

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3rd Place: Isabella Sanchez; Louisville, KY
Night Time Food

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7th Grade

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1st Place: Carlie Griffith; Paducah, KY
One Memory at a Time

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2nd Place: Haley Thacker; Brodhead, KY
Blue

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3rd Place: Tyler Stevenson; Mt. Washington, KY
The Girl with the Baking Soda

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8th Grade

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1st Place: Hannah Neeley; Berea, KY
Hard Lines and Scars

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2nd Place: Adelina Gonzalez; Nicholasville, KY
Ode to the Book Never Read

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3rd Place: Alyssa Keeling; Bardstown, KY
Good Hearted Men

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Special Thanks to our Poetry Contest Celebrity Judges!

Click on the writer’s name below to learn about our final judges.

Diane Gilliam Fisher
– 2013 Gift of Freedom Award winner – Winner of a Pushcart Prize and Ohioana Library Association Book of the Year in Poetry for poetry collection Kettle Bottom
– 2008 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing award winner
 Crystal Wilkinson
– Winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence for The Birds of Opulence
– Winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature – Pushcart Prize nominee – Serves as Appalachian Writer in Residency and teaches at Berea & in the brief residency MFA in Writing program at Spalding University

Frank X Walker
– 2013 Poet Laureate of Kentucky – Co-founder of Affrilachian poets – Founding editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachia Arts & Culture
 Professor in the Department of English & the African American and Africana Studies Program at the                                                                                 University of Kentucky